We bounced over to Belgium for some birthday beers for Laura’s Bday this year.
Sites Visited: Brussels and Bruges.
Things worth knowing: This can easily be done in 3 days. You only need one in Brussels, Bruges is an hour away on the train, and 2 days there is plenty.
Favorite Things: Fish, beer, and chocolate.
Brussels Accommodations: We stayed at The Chelton, which was kind of like a budget boutique hotel I guess…not the cleanest, but acceptable and had a roof deck with a nice view.
Noordzee – Best. Fish. Ever. It’s an open grill, you order on the street and wait for them to call your number. I would go back to Brussels just for this. You can then go across the street to Monk Cafe and have your choice of delicious Belgian beer.
La Fabrique – Located in Parc d’Egmont, a very serene spot (except at brunch when it’s pact). Incredible pain au chocolate and a cute modern tropical vibes interior.
Brussels See/Do: Brussels is all about levels. The city has lots of stairs and even an elevator that will take you from one level to another. Just walk around, you can get a sense of the city in a single day and night. Don’t miss the The Grand Palace, it’s worth seeing at night as well. Very unique architecture.
And we met this cutie!
Bruges accommodations – We stayed at Hotel Goezeput. It was a charming old feeling place, with big wooden beams and a huge room.
The Chocolate Line – Weird but delicious combos, get yourself a bagful and eat them all. They go great with beer…cuz #belgium
Aux Merveilleux – You can’t walk by without smelling the delicious bread thing they make called a cramique. Just walk around snacking on it and you’ll be a happy person.
In’t Nieuwe Museum – A darling old man will cook you a steak over an open grill while he drinks a glass of red wine, and it will be delicious. Great beer selection as well ‘cuz #belgium.
Sanseveria Bagelsalon – They are no New York bagels, but they have there own appeal. Cute spot with some yummy breakfast/lunch grub.
There’s no avoiding the tourists, but just focus on the charm and not the crowds. Walk around and try to get lost, you won’t end up anywhere that’s not enchanting. Sit along the canal and drink some beer, especially around dusk when the canals start to light up.
Minnewaterpark is beautiful as well.